Los Angeles, Dec 6 (PTI) California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on Tuesday encouraged state residents to obtain Real ID identification documents, which now stand at May 7, 2025, despite the extension of the deadline announced by the government.
As the California DMV indicated in a statement in Spanish, about 14.8 million Californians already have Real ID, up 198,814 from last month.
“We encourage Californians not to put off obtaining Real ID because you will still need to if you plan to use your driver’s license or ID card to fly within the US when the new federal requirements take effect. It will be needed,” said the director of the California DMV, Steve Gordon.
California’s DMV expects Real IDs to be one of the holiday gifts coming to many California homes and assures that this is a process that will not be delayed, as they will be available at DMV offices within days. Huh .
Starting May 7, 2025, both leisure and business air travelers within any of the 50 US states will need a REAL ID if they want to continue using their state ID card for security screening (instead of, for example, For, passport).
Applicants will need to provide proof of identity, two proofs of California residency and their Social Security number, and then go to a DMV office and have an updated photo taken to complete the application.
According to the DMV, an office visit only takes a few minutes, and an appointment can usually be obtained in a week or less.